Mystery brown shoe box keeps Musa in court

Musa NgubeniSwazi student leader Musa Ngubeni insists that the charges of possession of explosives against him are fabricated and political, and that the state has more or less deliberately stalled his case for over three years due to lack of evidence.

“The brown shoe box was never produced in court, so I am not really sure what I have to answer for in this case,” Musa Ngubeni tells me. He is speaking of a box full of wires, explosives and detonators that the Swazi state claims was found near his home in Mbikwakhe in 2011, but which the prosecution has failed to produce. Read more of this post

Mlungisi challenges anti-terror law in court

Swaziland’s Suppression of Terrorism Act is a “flawed” and “inherently repressive” piece of legislation, according to Amnesty International. Mlungisi Makhanya, who has been charged under the act for wearing a t-shirt, is challenging it in court.

“The Terrorism Act’s definition is ridiculously overboard,” says Mlungisi Makhanya. “It does not follow international norms on the combat of terrorism”. He is the Secretary General of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) in the tiny absolute monarchy of Swaziland, a political party that is seen as a terrorist organization according to the country’s Suppression of Terrorism Act. Read more of this post

Befri samvittighedsfanger i Swaziland

People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), en demokrati-bevægelse i det lille enevældige kongedømme Swaziland, kræver i en ny international kampagne alle samvittighedsfanger i landet frigivet.

I en pressemeddelelse, skriver PUDEMO at landets regime har bekæmpet PUDEMO og andre demokratiforkæmpere med brutale arrestationer, forfølgelse, tvungen eksil, og i visse tilfælde ved at myrde dem. ”Landet er et stort åbent fængsel, men den royale terror og tortur har ikke stoppet vores og befolkningen ønske om frihed”. Read more of this post

Maxwell freed, Musa found guilty

According to the Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice and PUDEMO, Swaziland Youth Congress Secretary General Maxwell Dlamini has been acquitted of the 2011 charges of contravening Swaziland’s Explosives Act.

Maxwell Dlamini’s co-accused in the 2011 case, Musa Ngubeni, was found guilty on circumstantial evidence and will appear before the magistrate again on September 10.

Maxwell Dlamini is still charged under section 4 and 11 of the Suppression of Terrorism Act for criticising the Swazi regime on May Day 2014, where he could face 15 years in prison if convicted. Read more of this post

Charged with terrorism for shouting “viva PUDEMO”

Mario Masuku (i midten) under et af retsmøderneSwazi activists Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini face terrorism charges and could serve 15 years in prison for expressing support for pro-democracy party the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO).

“If we have to go inside the prisons and be charged, I am the first one”. This was the prophetic statement of the Mario Masuku, the President of PUDEMO, on May Day in the tiny absolute monarchy of Swaziland.

Mario Masuku and youth leader Maxwell Dlamini, Mario Masuku were arrested shortly after having given speeches to approximately 7,000 people at the 2014 May Day event in Swaziland’s main commercial city, Manzini. Read more of this post

Anklaget for terrorisme for slagord 1. maj

Mario MasukuTo politiske aktivister fra det lille enevældige monarki Swaziland er anklaget for terrorismevirksomhed, fordi de udtrykte støtte for deres eget parti. De risikerer 15 år i fængsel.

Mario Masuku og Maxwell Dlamini er henholdsvis præsident og ungdomsleder i People’s United Democratic Front (PUDEMO), et forbudt parti eller bevægelse der kæmper for demokrati. De er anklaget under Swazilands Suppression of Terrorism Act, en lov der definerer terrorisme som enhver handling der ”er til fare for den nationale sikkerhed”. Read more of this post

From election to prison

Less than a year ago PUDEMO-President Mario Masuku was discussing democracy and freedom of speech with local politicians in Gladsaxe during the Danish municipal elections. Today he is in prison, charged with terrorism in his home country of Swaziland for having shouted “viva PUDEMO” at a union rally on May Day.

“In my country, Swaziland, local authorities cannot implement their own policy because the king controls everything. During the municipal elections in Gladsaxe, on the other hand, I saw an election process that was well-organised and transparent and politicians who were responsible to the electorate.” Read more of this post


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